Priests Retirement Trust Fund
Being There for Us
From our introduction to the Church in Baptism to the final commendation of our souls to God, our parish priests bless our lives and our families. In times of joy and sorrow, our parish priest stands as a sign of God’s love and the symbol of the Catholic community that we share. Many of these men have been there for us for more than 40 years.
After serving for many years, a priest can seek retirement around the age of 70. Even in retirement, however, many priests continue to assist in our parishes by celebrating Mass and helping out our pastors. To recognize and honor their life’s commitment, the Church in New Hampshire has the Priests Retirement Trust Fund which provides a modest stipend each month for our retired priests. This stipend enables our retired priests to be assured that they can continue to lead a life of dignity. We need your help today to support New Hampshire's retired priests.
Your Support Makes a Difference
Last year was the ninth annual collection for this fund and parishioners gave generously, with gifts totaling more than $239,000. The need continues this year. Currently we have 41 priests who are supported by this fund. When you contribute to the Priests Retirement Trust Fund, your gift goes toward helping currently-retired priests as well as to make sure we can provide for those priests who will be retiring in the years to come.
Prayer for Priests
Please join us in praying for our priests, both retired and active:
Gracious and loving God, we thank you for the gift of our priests.
Through them, we experience your presence in the sacraments.
Help our priests to be strong in their vocation. Set their souls
on fire with love for your people. Grant them the wisdom,
understanding, and strength they need to follow in the footsteps
of Jesus. Inspire them with the vision of your Kingdom.
Give them the words they need to spread the Gospel. Allow
them to experience joy in their ministry. Help them to become
instruments of your divine grace. We ask this through Jesus
Christ, who lives and reigns as our Eternal Priest.